The intellectual strength and reputation of Sussex is proven by the quality of our research, through creative thinking, discovery and innovation. Our heritage of interdisciplinary working, across traditional subject boundaries, places us in an ideal position to address real-world research challenges, working together in teams drawn from across the University.
We have identified six interdisciplinary research themes, which build on our existing research strengths. These will help us set out Sussex's research identity nationally and internationally. They will reinforce our innovative interdisciplinary traditions. And they will help us develop the capacity to generate significant additional income.
The themes will provide a forum to foster collaborative working, and allow individual academic staff to play a role in tackling complex research challenges that, working alone, they would not be able to address.
The themes are interpreted broadly, and should be seen as evolving entities. They are as follows:
The themes will not necessarily map onto existing academic structures; they may be existing or emergent; they may be thematic, multidisciplinary or postdisciplinary. What they will all have is a combination of excellent leadership, outstanding staff, a vibrant postgraduate community, external funding support, a range of international publications, a breadth of peer-review recognition and well-established collaborations and strategic external partnerships.